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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission


If you are concerned about safe surfing you might be glad to find ProtectSurf on your system, but we must warn you that its presence only proves that this is an intrusive program that may harm your computer. First of all, most users get infected with this application since it simply emerges on their computers without their knowledge. If you find any application on your PC that you have not installed yourself, you need to be very careful about your next step. If you care about your virtual safety, you should delete ProtectSurf right away, because it may start showing you potentially unreliable commercial advertisements. Most users find these ads rather distracting; yet, not all of them take action. And by “taking action” we do not mean closing pop-up ads obviously. Please continue reading our article to find out more about this malware infection and how you can protect your PC from similar attacks.

ProtectSurf has an official website at, but we are quite certain that users do not download this application from there. There are two reasons for our confidence. First, there is only a slight chance that you find this website on the web. Second, the download does not function on the site. For us, these are clear signs that there is something shady about this program. Of course, as an adware program it has to reach as many users as possible. And that is why the creators choose to spread it via freeware bundles most probably.

The problem with bundling is that you need to be careful with them. Cyber criminals can use software packages to include malicious software installers that may silently install adware programs and browser hijackers, which are the most common infections to travel this way. It is possible that you clicked on a fake download button on a suspicious freeware website or you simply downloaded an infected bundle from there and were not careful during installation. Therefore, it is essential that you run a full system malware scan after you delete ProtectSurf, because your computer will not be all secure until you eliminate all the threats.

ProtectSurf claims to be a beneficial browser extension that can “keep your family safer” on the Internet by warning you of malicious websites. However, we have found that this application does not even function properly and you cannot block websites, for example. What functions is the third-party ads it may bombard your screen with. You need to know that these ads hold potential threats to your virtual security. Since you cannot know which ones are reliable, clicking on them might redirect you to malicious websites. That is something you should avoid at all costs since you could get more infections onto your PC or get scammed out of your money. You should delete ProtectSurf if you want to keep your computer secure.

Eliminating this malware infection via Control Panel may not always work. Therefore, we advise you to follow our guide below because it is a bit complicated to manually remove ProtectSurf. If you do not want to “get your hands dirty” with manual work, we can offer you a more efficient, easier, and automated solution. You can use a trustworthy antimalware application in order to identify and erase all infections and safeguard your PC against them. Keeping your security tool updated can give you full-time protection from all existing malware threats.

Remove ProtectSurf from Windows

  1. Tap Win+R and type in regedit. Press OK.
  2. Find the following key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\38990_ProtectSurf.
  3. Remove the key.
  4. Close the Registry Editor.
  5. Tap Win+E and find Program Files\ProtectSurf folder and delete it.
  6. Then, find Program Files (x86)\Bench folder and delete it.

Remove ProtectSurf from browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. On the left, choose Extensions.
  3. Select the extension and click on the trash icon on the right.
  4. Click Remove.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+T and select Add-ons.
  2. On the left, choose Extensions.
  3. Select the extension and click Remove.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and navigate to Manage add-ons.
  2. On the left, select Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Select the add-on and remove it.
  4. Press Close.
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